Test Pilot: File #41, Homicide: Life on the Street

Test Pilot #41: Homicide: Life on the Street Debut date: January 31, 1993 Series legacy: One of the most well-respected series of all-time, but still, somehow, undervalued Hey there, party people. Welcome back to the internet’s most popular discussion* of television pilots, Test Pilot. We’re still early into our contemporary police drama theme. Before you … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #41, Homicide: Life on the Street

Test Pilot: File #40, NYPD Blue

Test Pilot #40: NYPD Blue Debut date: September 21, 1993 Series legacy: Descendant of Hill Street Blues, one of the catalysts for an era of grittier police dramas Hiya, folks! Welcome back to Test Pilot. This is our 40th entry and that’s simply crazy to me. Thanks to everyone who has read or written with … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #40, NYPD Blue

Showrunner Series: Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis, Flashbacks and Self-Awareness

Welcome back to the Showrunner Series, an occasional TVS feature where I discuss the work of one or more major television voice(s). When a great, popular television series says goodbye, members of that series’ writing staff are going to be hot commodities. They’re going to be asked to run their own series, pitch their own … Continue reading Showrunner Series: Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis, Flashbacks and Self-Awareness

#TVFail Entry 14: CSI:, “19 Down”/”One to Go”

The accused: CSI:, “19 Down” and “One to Go” (Season 9, Episodes 9 and 10) The crime: Embodying the internal tension between character and procedural in contemporary network crime series Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed clumsy … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 14: CSI:, “19 Down”/”One to Go”

Surveillance Summer Watch: Season Finale — Hill Street Blues, “Jungle Madness” Parts One and Two

This is the newest post in 2011′s Surveillance Summer Watch series featuring Cheers and Hill Street Blues. For the next couple of months, I’ll be writing weekly reviews of episodes from each series’ first seasons, with Cheers on Tuesdays and Hill Street Blues on Thursdays. For more information, see this post and for all the SSW pieces, visit this page. Here we are folks, at … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch: Season Finale — Hill Street Blues, “Jungle Madness” Parts One and Two

Surveillance Summer Watch: Hill Street Blues, “Rites of Spring” Parts One and Two

This is the newest post in 2011′s Surveillance Summer Watch series featuring Cheers and Hill Street Blues. For the next couple of months, I’ll be writing weekly reviews of episodes from each series’ first seasons, with Cheers on Tuesdays and Hill Street Blues on Thursdays. For more information, see this post and for all the SSW pieces, visit this page. Hill Street Blues brings us a … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch: Hill Street Blues, “Rites of Spring” Parts One and Two

Test Pilot: File #20, Remington Steele

Test Pilot #20: Remington Steele Debut date: October 1, 1982 Series legacy: A well-made production and a somewhat forgotten forerunner to series like Moonlighting; Probably known best for launching Pierce Brosnon's career and little more Authorship is a really tricky thing and perhaps no more so than in the world of television. Numerous scholars have … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #20, Remington Steele

Surveillance Summer Watch: Hill Street Blues, “I Never Promised You a Rose, Marvin” and “Fecund Hand Rose”

This is the newest post in 2011′s Surveillance Summer Watch series featuring Cheers and Hill Street Blues. For the next couple of months, I’ll be writing weekly reviews of episodes from each series’ first seasons, with Cheers on Tuesdays and Hill Street Blues on Thursdays. For more information, see this post and for all the SSW pieces, visit this page. I really wish I had … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch: Hill Street Blues, “I Never Promised You a Rose, Marvin” and “Fecund Hand Rose”

Surveillance Summer Watch: Hill Street Blues, “Gatorbait” and “Life, Death, Eternity”

This is the newest post in 2011′s Surveillance Summer Watch series featuring Cheers and Hill Street Blues. For the next couple of months, I’ll be writing weekly reviews of episodes from each series’ first seasons, with Cheers on Tuesdays and Hill Street Blues on Thursdays. For more information, see this post and for all the SSW pieces, visit this page. Although Hill Street Blues is primarily … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch: Hill Street Blues, “Gatorbait” and “Life, Death, Eternity”

Test Pilot: File #19, St. Elsewhere

Test Pilot #19: St. Elsewhere Debut date: October 26, 2982 Series' legacy: Another jewel in the MTM crown, one of -- if not the -- most-heralded medical drama of all-time Authorship is a really tricky thing and perhaps no more so than in the world of television. Numerous scholars have discussed the problems with analyzing television … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #19, St. Elsewhere

Surveillance Summer Watch: Hill Street Blues, “Up in Arms,” “Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind”

This is the newest post in 2011′s Surveillance Summer Watch series featuring Cheers and Hill Street Blues. For the next couple of months, I’ll be writing weekly reviews of episodes from each series’ first seasons, with Cheers on Tuesdays and Hill Street Blues on Thursdays. For more information, see this post and for all the SSW pieces, visit this page. When I initially heard that … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch: Hill Street Blues, “Up in Arms,” “Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind”

Test Pilot: File #18, Rhoda and Lou Grant

Test Pilot #18: Rhoda and Lou Grant Debut date: September 9, 1974 and September 20, 1977 Series' legacy: Somewhat worthy successors to the Mary Tyler Moore throne Authorship is a really tricky thing and perhaps no more so than in the world of television. Numerous scholars have discussed the problems with analyzing television with an … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #18, Rhoda and Lou Grant